Restaurant review: 100 Hoxton, Hoxton, N1
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Anyone who’s eaten at the legendary Zilouf’s in Upper Street will be expecting big things from their new venture, 100 Hoxton – and they won’t be disappointed.
As its name suggests, the restaurant sits in a rather unpromising stretch of Hoxton Street (number 100) which was probably devoid of any café culture a decade ago and is a touch on the bleak side even now – though it’s a sign of the times that one of the most innovative cocktail bars in London is just a few doors up.
At 8pm on the Wednesday night of our visit it was pretty dead, but by nine it was bustling. We supped a couple of the excellent cocktails while perusing a menu divided into garden, land, large, ocean and bits.
The waitress staved off our uncertainty about the amount to order by pointing out the rather fetching £15 meal deal which includes a dish from each category to share in a tapas style – all of which turned out to be very good.
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The roasted butternut and avocado was smothered in smooth quinoa, salty feta cheese, sour yogurt and crunchy coriander seeds, making for a veritable carnival of character.
Next up, the grilled bream came wrapped elegantly in banana leaf, with firm oceanic flakes yielding to the fork and swimming with flavour – that was before the lively tamarind relish brought the dish to simmering point.
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Meanwhile, the beggar’s chicken was moist and juicy, cut into sections and then seasoned to your taste with a gorgeous shallot and ginger sauce and garlic.
Finally the duck. These were thin, very rare pieces of tender poultry, which came screaming at your pallet when dunked in the on-trend courgette kimchee.
The dessert, a plum clafoutis, was a little moribund but, make no mistake, this meal really was a brilliant culinary experience and very hard to fault.
Inventive but unfussy and oh so satisfying – put 100 Hoxton in your diary now.